On Saturday like any other day Amzad Belim (19) returned from the fields to have lunch with his brother Imran (21) in the afternoon, when he heard a group of young boys from neighbouring Sunsar marching towards their village shouting “we will kill you all Muslims”. “But, after elders of our village calmed them down, they returned,” said Amzad. This was first of the three angry groups, mostly comprising the Thakors from Sunsar, that had reached Vagjipara — an extended colony of nearly 1500 Muslims — at Vadavali on Saturday following a clash between school students. Amzad’s father Ibrahimkhan Lalkhan Belim (45) lost his life, while 20 others were injured, five of them seriously. All were residents of Vagjipara. Nearly 25 vehicles were gutted, similar number of homes ransacked and set afire, cattle taken away, and grains and fodder burnt in the arson. with police. One compliant (filed by Manharsinh Zala) cited a Muslim boy from Vadavali “pushing” a girl from Sunsar and the resultant fight between Hindu and Muslim school students as reasons for the violence, the other (filed by Rehmanbhai Alibhai Malek) named the Thakors as the accused. So far, no arrest has been made in this connection. Ibrahimkhan is the accused number 13 in the list of 14 in the FIR filed on the basis of Zala’s complaint.
The injured are all residents of Vagjipara, an extension of Vadavali village which has about 1200 Muslim households,” says Vankar, who is a Dalit resident of the village and has been arranging food for Muslim villagers left homeless. When Ashrafbhai Sheikh spotted the raucous mob approaching on Saturday, he grabbed his family and left his house, which was burnt and looted. He claims the police did not intervene.
"The police vehicles were followed by the murderous mob and no attempt was made to stop them and all that, while they shouted slogans such as kill them," alleged Ashrafbhai. But the police said that was not true, adding 14 people have been arrested so far on charges including arson and murder. There are another 50 odd suspects that the police wants to arrest, said officials.